The world is a big place and a new season brings with it a whole new set of travel trends. We know there are a number of factors that influence what you’ll be looking for in your next vacation. Is it a city escape you seek or time spent in the great outdoors? Maybe you have a different idea altogether. For those of you who have decided on a destination, you’re in luck. We’ve uncovered some of the top trending destinations for the upcoming season — and they’re sure to inspire your wanderlust.

If you’re planning a summer vacation this year, you don’t want to miss these top spring travel trends – as revealed by Priceline. Since hotel companies are one of the best sources of travel information, especially for trending locations, it makes sense to listen to what Priceline has to say when it comes to where you should go this year.

Priceline has released its latest data for key travel trends for the spring and summer seasons.

From more flexibility and shorter check-in times to new health and safety measures and a greater focus on traveler wellness, the way people plan, book and physically execute their trips will never be the same, Priceline CEO Brett Keller advises. After the devastating pandemic that forced us to stay home for more than a year, people started planning trips more often than before. Not only are travelers desperate to make up for what they missed in 2020, but the slow recovery of business travel and the wide availability of deals will further increase demand for vacations.

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According to Priceline’s round-trip flight booking data, travelers flew four billion fewer miles in 2020 than in 2019. Traveling the world by car has become the favorite way to travel. Seventy percent of people who rent a car take trips within their home state, traveling an average of only 184 miles. In addition, people are ten percent more likely to book hotels in their state.

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Over the past year, we’ve learned that travel is such an important part of our lives that even in uncertain times, we look for ways to travel safely and closer to home, said Brigitte Zimmerman, Priceline’s vice president of flights, hotels and packages.

Priceline also found that interest in summer and work or bleisure travel increased by 165%, likely due to the large number of hybrid workers or telecommuters looking for another place to work after so many months at home.

The trend of booking trips closer to the actual departure date continues, but is decreasing. Although the average number of advance bookings is gradually increasing, reflecting renewed traveler confidence, last-minute booking behavior driven by COVID-19 is likely to persist, Zimmerman advises. The mindset of travelers has changed: last-minute travel, combined with more flexible booking options, makes travel easier and offers peace of mind.

In the top 10 destinations Americans want to travel to in the U.S. this year, tropical and warm destinations surpass big cities (and colder cities). New are Oahu, Hawaii; Florida Keys; St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida; and Puerto Rico.

To determine the top 10, Priceline analyzed the cities in the country with the most hotel, airfare and rental car bookings. Las Vegas and Orlando remain among the most popular destinations in all three categories, although access to entertainment and attractions is limited.

In the top ten cheap vacation destinations, the average price of a hotel room is less than $140 per night. The list of cities, in descending order of average hotel price, includes Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Black Hills, South Dakota, Denver, Orlando, Houston, Seattle, Dallas, Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg and Tampa.

The cities with the best average hotel discounts are Myrtle Beach, Florida Keys, Denver, Savannah, Charleston, Flagstaff/Sedona, Dominican Republic, Indianapolis, Grand Island, Hawaii and Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Click here to view Priceline’s full report.

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